The San Diego Lincoln Club, which defines itself as a pro-business political action group, has endorsed two Chula Vista candidates for the November general election: Jerry Rindone for mayor and John McCann for city council.
Rindone, who served four terms on the Chula Vista City Council, says on his campaign site, “As my friend, Mayor Cheryl Cox, completes her term as our mayor…it is with pride in our community that I announce my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Chula Vista in 2014.”
In 2006, the U-T reported that the Lincoln Club used $50,000 to oust former mayor Steve Padilla and bring in Cox.
Rindone was termed out in of the city council in 2008. He is retired from the Sweetwater Union High School District.
In the November election, Rindone will be facing off against former assemblymember and current Chula Vista councilmember Mary Salas.
As of the last campaign donation disclosure filing, Rindone had collected $50,051 to Salas’s $34,693.
The other Chula Vista candidate endorsed by the Lincoln Club, John McCann, has served two terms on the Chula Vista council and currently sits on the Sweetwater Union school board. As of the last filing, McCann had collected $26,940.
McCann’s disclosure form shows only nine contributors in the last donation period. Seven of McCann’s nine donors were San Diego Gas & Electric executives: Frank Urtasan, W. Dave Smith, Jeff Martin, David Geier, Steven Davis, J. Chris Baker, and James Avery.
McCann’s opponent in November will be a former mayor of Chula Vista, Steve Padilla. McCann’s donations surpass Padilla’s by several thousand; so far, he has collected $23,798.
A cozy and somewhat intricate relationship exists between Lincoln Club members David Malcolm, Dan Hom, and Shirley Horton and the City of Chula Vista and the Sweetwater Union High School District.
Former port commissioner David Malcolm, on the Lincoln Club’s executive committee, was a Chula Vista councilmember from 1982–1992. He also served as a port commissioner. In 2002 he was obliged to step down due to a felony conflict-of-interest conviction (which was later expunged).
Last year, each Sweetwater trustee chose a community member to sit on a committee that was formed to dispense of Sweetwater’s surplus property. The real estate deals are fraught with controversy.
Trustee McCann chose David Malcolm to sit on the committee. Malcolm’s company, Suncoast Financial, gave McCann’s 2010 Sweetwater campaign fund $500 in May 2013. The committee met in November and December of last year.
Malcolm’s wife, Annie, also contributed $5000 to former Sweetwater trustee Jim Cartmill’s defense fund. Cartmill was one of many involved in the Sweetwater corruption case. He was sentenced to a misdemeanor and had to step down from the board.
Dan Hom is also on the executive committee of the Lincoln Club. Hom ran for Chula Vista council in 2004 but was defeated by Steve Castaneda.
Hom has a public relations company, Focuscom, which was paid $30,000 to do work for Sweetwater under the direction of Jesus Gandara (who is serving time for a felony corruption charge). The nature of the work Focuscom did for Sweetwater taxpayer’s money was never disclosed.
According to a U-T article, Hom’s wife, Lisa, hosted a fundraiser for McCann in 2006, when he first ran for city council.
Shirley Horton, who sits on the Lincoln Club board of directors, is also closely tethered to the City of Chula Vista and linked to Sweetwater. Horton is a former assemblymember, former Chula Vista mayor, and a recent unsuccessful candidate for the Board of Equalization.
Horton is currently employed as “Community Relations and Development Director” for the nonprofit South Bay Community Services. According to South Bay’s tax form for 2012, Sweetwater Union High School purchased services from them for $1,115,854. David and Annie Malcolm are listed as Partners on the South Bay Community Services website.